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Banka Slovenije joins the Central Bank Gold Agreement

22 December 2006

In the interest of clarifying its intentions with respect to its gold holdings, Banka Slovenije agrees with and becomes a party to the joint statement dated 8 March 2004 by the European Central Bank, Banca d’Italia, Banco de España, Banco de Portugal, Bank of Greece, Banque centrale du Luxembourg, Banque de France, Nationale Bank van België/Banque Nationale de Belgique, Deutsche Bundesbank, Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland, De Nederlandsche Bank, Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Suomen Pankki, Schweizerische Nationalbank and Sveriges Riksbank.

In this respect, Banka Slovenije makes the following statement:

  1. Banka Slovenije will adhere to the Central Bank Gold Agreement of 8 March 2004. The maximum annual sales, as well as the total sales, both as specified in the agreement of 8 March 2004 by its signatories, will remain unchanged over the period of the agreement.
  2. Banka Slovenije has agreed not to expand its gold leasing and its use of gold futures and options over the period of the agreement.

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